Conference Preparation

“The next six months, culminating in the Virtual Franciscan Federation Conference June 11-14, 2021, will be a time for critical discovery, dreaming, and designing, so that the destiny of a flourishing Franciscan Movement in the USA in 2030 (and beyond) be fully realized.” – Dr. Bryan Froehle, Conference Facilitator

AFC Planners’ Introduction to preparatory Moving Forward Zoom sessions

ELFO Official Membership List

Invitation and Registration for preparatory Moving Forward Zoom sessions

The Conference June 11-14, 2021

Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian.

A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is a faculty member of  The Living School, which is part of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and he co-leads the Common Good Messaging Team, which is part of Vote Common Good. He is also an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he has developed an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Wild Goose Festival, the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group, and Progressive Christianity. His most recent joint project is an illustrated children’s book (for all ages) called Cory and the Seventh Story and his upcoming writing projects include The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey (Fall 2019) Faith After Doubt (Spring 2021), and Do I Stay Christian? (Spring 2022).
Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and in 2010, he received a second honorary doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal).


Fall 2019 Release: The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey
New Children’s Book: Cory and the Seventh Story (available now!)
2016 book: The Great Spiritual Migration

Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson is the Global Ambassador of Leadership Roundtable.

Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities).
Kerry has served as a trustee on the national boards of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; Education for Parish Service Foundation; the Gregorian University Foundation; the National Catholic AIDS Network; the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College; the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA); the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University; Busted Halo: Paulist Young Adult Ministries; America Media; Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities; FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities); and the National Pastoral Life Center. From 1995 to 2010 she served on the national committee for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. She currently serves on the core group of the Initiative of Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University and the advisory boards of the Get in Touch Foundation, an international breast health advocacy organization, and Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church and world. Additionally, Kerry is a member of the Pastoral Council for the Archdiocese of Hartford and is a trustee of Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University.

She is the prize winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities first published by FADICA in 1998 and now in its 8th edition. She has been an advisor to grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990. › who-we-are › staff › kerry-robinson